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i have metal screws in my back from a spine fusion will i be able to go through a metal detector at the airport

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Alarm may go off: Surgical plates and screws may be detected by airport passenger scanners, so one should carry a doctor's explanation when traveling, in case an alarm ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee answered
22 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Usually Not: Following successful spine fusion, the instrumentation typically remains. Conditions such as a deep infection, nonhealing fusion, and on rare occasio ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Bluman
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Unlikely...: That you will set off the metal detectors. My group did the largest study on this and found that no implants set off the gate type detectors, but dep ... Read More
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: The loose body can cause pain or become source of infection or could be asymptomatic
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Cervical fusion : The plates and screws used in a cervical spine fusion are titanium and will last a lifetime. They are tested at 10 million cycles of stress and are en ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
No. : The metal detector does not affect the functioning of a pacemaker. The only thing that will affect it is a strong magnet, which the metal detectors In ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Shiller
25 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Need addit screening: Joint repair hardware will likely set off the alarm. TSA doesn't care about the card that says you have hardware. You should let them know going in ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Vaginal delivery: Does not depend on hardware in your lumbar spine, and your pelvic bones that may need to 'accommodate' are the ilium, pubis and ischium. The neurlogic ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Eisenberg
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: You should contact your surgeon and find out when he/she would like to see you. It is important to have follow-up to assess the fusion and make sure ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
First, it is : Unlikely that even if a screw was not properly placed would you feel any movement of it. If the screw was placed about nerve tissue then you could ex ... Read More
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